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March 2018
Free

Open Mic: Poetry & the Body

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Join us for Cave Canem's first-ever open mic! Presented as part of the Poetry Coalition's thematic initiative Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body, participants read work inspired by the body. The evening will conclude with a feature reading of Cave Canem's Exquisite Corpse poem. Cave Canem fellow t'ai freedom ford emcees. Free and open to the public, refreshments served. t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Sinister…

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Poets on Craft: Cyrus Cassells and Khadijah Queen

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Starr Foundation Hall,
63-5th Avenue, lower level
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Join us for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Cyrus Cassells and Khadijah Queen. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, Cassells is the author of six books, including his most recent, The Gospel According to Wild Indigo (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018). Queen is the author of five publications. Her most recent, I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books, 2017), was a finalist for the 2015 National Poetry Series. Jayson…

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April 2018

Miami Chapbook Launch: Layla Benitez-James’ “God Suspected My Heart Was a Geode But He Had to Make Sure”

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Betsy-South Beach,
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami, FL 33139 United States
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Celebrate the launch of Layla Benitez-James’ God Suspected My Heart Was a Geode But He Had to Make Sure, winner of the third annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, selected by Major Jackson and published by Jai-Alai Books. This event is part of the month-long O, Miami Poetry Festival. Free and open to the public. Layla Benitez-James is an artist and translator living in Alicante, Spain. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Anomaly, Guernica, Waxwing and elsewhere. Audio essays about translation by…

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New Works: Aaron Coleman, Camille Dungy and Shane McCrae

April 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall,
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Delight in a display of exceptional poetry showcasing new collections by Cave Canem fellows and friends.  Terrance Hayes praises Aaron Coleman’s debut Threat Come Close (Four Way Books, 2018), proclaiming “…this extraordinary debut epitomizes how the best of our contemporary poetry sings.”  Camille Dungy's fourth poetry collection, Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), is lauded by Yusef Komunyakaa as being "earthly and visionary, a soulful reckoning for our twenty-first century." Shane McCrae is the author of several poetry collections, most recently the National Book Award Finalist, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan…

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New York Chapbook Launch: Layla Benitez-James’ “God Suspected My Heart Was a Geode But He Had to Make Sure”

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop,
141 Front St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Celebrate the launch of Layla Benitez-James’ God Suspected My Heart Was a Geode But He Had to Make Sure, winner of the third annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize. The program will feature readings by Benitez-James and prize judge Major Jackson, followed by a conversation between the two moderated by Myckaela Wharton of Raven Press. Free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored with Raven Press, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop.…

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New Works: Safia Elhillo, Adrian Matejka and Ife-Chudeni Oputa

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three extraordinary Cave Canem poets. Pushcart Prize nominee, Safia Elhillo's debut collection The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), is described by Kwame Dawes as “a rich and complex body of work.” Newly appointed Indiana state poet laureate, Adrian Matejka is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Map to the Stars (Penguin House, 2017), which Nikky Finney praises as “rich and ekphrastic.” Ife-Chudeni Oputa, feted as “an extraordinary new voice in the world of words…

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May 2018
Free

Watch Your Tone: A Reading

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain's workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

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New Chords and Hauntings: A Reading

May 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Join participants in R.A. Villanueva's workshop “New Chords and Hauntings” as they share new and "uniquely haunted" work honed in spring sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.          

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$20 - $25

Cultural Publicity Workshop for Poets of Color

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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This workshop, facilitated by Kima Jones, co-founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, will teach the expectant author how to set realistic goals while making room for their biggest dreams, define their audience, pitch their work to media and create relationships with booksellers. This workshop is best suited for authors who have forthcoming book projects. Refreshments served. Space is limited. The cost of the workshop is $25 for general admission, and $20 for students and seniors. To register, please visit the Jack Jones Literary…

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A Tribute to June Jordan

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium,
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016 United States
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A Tribute to June Jordan is an intergenerational exploration of the legendary poet’s life, work, and legacy. This daylong conference will begin with a keynote address by Jan Heller Levi. A series of lectures, discussions and readings will follow featuring aracelis girmay, E. Ethelbert Miller and Evie Shockley, among many others. Free and open to the public, this event is co-presented with the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, The June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust, Lost & Found: The CUNY…

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